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Izakaya in the West Side...

coweepooh Feb 20, 2011 06:37 PM

Furaibos always been my favorite--coming back to L.A. for 5 days in a few weeks and wanted to know if there are any other izakaya/small plate japanese restaurants that L.A. chowhounders would recommend I give a shot too...someone had mentioned Musha too, I see they have 2 locations in torrance and in santa monica--any recs over one or the other?

will be staying in santa monica/west la so would prefer something in that area or as far as torrance if its amazing!


1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. westsidegal RE: coweepooh Feb 20, 2011 06:46 PM

    i prefer the MUSHA santa monica location.
    they WILL take reservations.

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      bulavinaka RE: coweepooh Feb 20, 2011 08:35 PM

      The Musha in Torrance is bigger and has a broader menu. It gets crowded so reservations are recommended. And even so, I've tried making reservations a week in advance for a weekend and still got shut out. Literally across the parking lot is Torihei - a yakitori that would fill the same requirement for you. Their menu is broader than just yakitori and their sake list is good. Another place that gets a lot of Chow praise is Izakaya Bincho on the Redondo Beach Pier. As much praise as it gets, I've only been there once when it was full. It's fantastic and well worth the trip from the adjacent Westside IMHO.

      1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Izakaya Bincho
      112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

      1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

      1. J.L. RE: coweepooh Feb 20, 2011 08:46 PM

        Musha is the standard answer.

        However, my pick goes to the dark horse: Place Yuu in adjacent west LA, on the corner of Sawtelle & Mississippi. Excellent sushi also. Open real late, by L.A. standards (last kitchen order: around 1AM)...

        Some will direct you to Sasaya, on Santa Monica Blvd. - Meh, in my book.

        Agree with making the pilgrimage to Izakaya Bincho as well.

        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Place Yuu
        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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